County to facilitate solution to village flooding

By on May 22, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
A meeting about the flooding in Mallard Point scheduled for the beginning of June cannot come soon enough for resident Mike Schoenberger. Schoenberger described himself as the “latest casualty in Mallard Point” during a Village Board meeting on Tuesday.

Schoenberger, who lives on Brook-haven in the subdivision, told board members that in the past week and a half, he has been pumping 150,000 gallons of water a day in a futile attempt to keep his finished basement dry.

During previous meetings with the village, Mallard Point residents have complained of standing water, flooded basements and excessive electric bills to continually run two and sometimes three sump pumps.

During the construction of Mallard Point Subdivision in the early 1990s, the developer improved an existing wetland for use as a storm water management facility. A developer bankruptcy, the lack of a homeowners association and other problems continued to plague the subdivision.

The recent heavy rains have brought the situation to a head.

Earlier this year, the village hired Trotter & Associates to conduct a study of the problem. Engineer Mark Bushnell found mud and overgrown vegetation blocking the water flow from the subdivision, causing the neighborhood’s drainage problems and flooding. Bushnell estimated the area has 17 acres of excess storm water.

The village has removed a large amount of the vegetation to allow the water to drain slowly to the south. However, the spring’s heavy rains have worsened the problem, creating more flooding and rendering useless the acres of farm land to the south.

Paul Schuch, Kane County’s Director of Water Resources, will facilitate the discussion during the Wednesday, June 3, meeting of village officials, the Rob Roy Drainage District Board, Trotter & Associates and Tom Huddleston, an expert on drain tiles, to try to find a solution to the problems.

“The county deals with this issue on a county-wide basis,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said.

Karen Romero, a neighbor of Schoenberger, said she is becoming more and more frustrated with the situation.

“It’s a health issue,” she said on Tuesday. “I’m at the point where I’m going to call the Health Department.”